Douro River Cruise
11 Days, August 26 - September 5, 2021
From $5,695 from Lisbon, Portugal
The enthusiastic response to our tours of European waterways has convinced us that our travelers enjoy river voyages on deluxe vessels. How could we think otherwise? River cruising combines many of the most appealing features of travel: a comfortable hotel, but one that glides effortlessly from one remarkable place to another; convenient access to the heart of the cities and towns along the way; consistent, attentive service and amenities, without the bother of checking in and out, unpacking and re-packing. And, it must be said, the scenery is always changing.
With that in mind, we’re returning to the rivers of Europe, this time to the lovely Douro River in Portugal. We’ll enjoy not only the beautiful scenery of the Douro River Valley but also informative tours of three historic cities, Lisbon and Porto in Portugal and Salamanca in Spain. Among the highlights of our 7-night river cruise will be Portugal’s renowned Vinhateiro wine region, which produces the world-famous port wines and Mateus rosé wines. As we cruise along the winding Douro, we’ll also visit such historic Portuguese towns as Régua, Lamego, Pocinho, Pinhão, and Provesende, as well as the gorgeous Spanish city of Salamanca renowned for its university and unique sandstone architectural treasures. For the independent-minded traveler, the cruise itinerary includes ample opportunities for individual explorations.
Our home for the 7-night voyage will be the Scenic Azure, the beautifully appointed, graciously staffed five-star river cruiser, the newest and most sophisticated of the ships now plying the waters of the Douro. Most cabins feature French balconies, queen-size beds, 215-square feet of living space, and a stunning array of amenities. Like all W&L river trips, our voyage will include an onboard lecture program.